Learn about Bookcases

The glass-fronted bookcase entered the English cabinetmakers' repertoire about the mid-17th century, and the bookcase in one form or another has been an indispensable part of the civilized person's home ever since.The 17th century bookcase tended to be a glazed cabinet from plinth to pediment, with square glass panes. The later Stuart period saw the introduction of the bureau bookcase or the secretaire bookcase, where the bookshelves were double-heightened above a desk or cupboard base. Early bureau bookcases often had mirror or blind-panelled door fronts, although these have frequently been replaced with clear glass panes. During the Regency period, the fashion arose for small cabinet bookcases, rarely more than three feet in height, which left the walls clear for hanging prints and pictures, known in the trade as a 'dwarf bookcase'. Such bookcases were sometimes open at the front, others had elegant brass-grille doors, backed by pleated silk. A bookcase without doors is known in the trade as an 'open bookcase'. The revolving bookcase was invented during the 18th century. more...
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A two door pine bookcase with adjustable shelves, 184 x 132 x 37 cm

Antique pine elevated bookcase, with enclosed bookcase above 2 drawers and a 2 door cabinet, 106 cm wide, 47 cm deep, 235 cm high

A large pine breakfront bookcase, 19th century, the extended cornice with rounded corners and dentil borders above a pair of arched glazed doors opening to shelving and a fitted writing compartment with a small drawer arrangement, pull out writing surfaces

A Georgian pine bookcase, English, 18th century, 238 cm high, 109 cm wide, 33 cm deep

An early bookcase, Australian cedar and pine with blackwood feet, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 219 cm high, 123 cm wide, 51 cm deed

A George III pine bureau bookcase, English 18th century, 210 cm high, 110 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A simulated pine glazed bookcase, French, 19th century and later. 140 cm high, 94 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Pine two door bookcase cabinet 134 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 194 cm high

Edwardian Kauri pine revolving bookcase 49 cm x 49 cm, 83 cm high approx.

Vintage pine 2 door bookcase with adjustable shelves, on squat cabriole legs, 107 cm wide, 31.5 cm deep, 119 cm high

Pine open shelf bookcase, approx 210 cm high, 130 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A two door kauri pine bookcase with glazed upper panels 195 x 110 x 47 cm

A pair of Regency simulated rosewood open pine wall mounted Bookshelves, circa 1830. The curved shaped surmount above three shelves with carved 'S' shaped supports and waisted form back splats, 79 cm width x 16.5 cm depth x 88.5 cm height. Provenance: Purc

A stained pine three tier open bookcase. 91 cm high, 97 cm wide, 29 cm deep

Dwarf Bookcase: Australian cedar & pine. Height 114 cm, width 108 cm, depth 31 cm

Gothic Bookcase: Cedar & pine in Pugin Gothic style. Hailing from central Victoria (purportedly Ballarat) c1880. Unusual castellated pediment & fitted with 2 internal drawers. Illustrated in 'Australian Furniture Pictorial History & Dictionary 1788-1938' b

A large pair of George III style pine bookcases, 258 cm high, 150 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Edwardian pine elevated bookcase, with glass door bookcase over two door cabinet, 122 cm wide, 50.5 cm deep & 216 cm high approx

A pine glazed bookcase, 19th century, 150 cm high, 36 cm deep, 153 cm wide

English country pine dwarf bookcase. Early 19th century. 172 cm x 66 cm x 34 cm

Pine two door glazed top of bookcase, approx height 126 cm. Length 103 cm

Edwardian pine bookcase, approx height 210 cm. Width 115 cm

Pair of stain pine open shelf bookcases. 160 cm wide, 216 cm high (2)

A West Australian Government Railways two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, cedar and pine construction, having 2 upper glazed doors with adjustable shelves, and 2 drawers over lower 2 door cupboard, on a plinth base. Height 241 cm. Width 143 cm. Depth 64 cm

An early 20th century stained pine, astragal glazed bookcase the bookcase above cupboard 122 cm width, 57 cm depth, 220 cm high

Narrow colonial cedar and pine bookcase with stylised face corbels on upper doors and original glass

A 19th century Australian cedar and pine strung double depth bookcase, the ogee moulded corners above a plain frieze and a pair of square astragal glazed doors with single pine stringing enclosing three shelves with pine stringing above a pair of raised pa

Edwardian two door bookcase c.1900, mahogany and pine glazed upper doors, with two single drawers two door lower cupboard with carved motifs and bevelled glass mirror. Height 227 cm. Width 1200 cm. Depth 45 cm

A large and impressive George IV pine breakfront library bookcase, English, 19th century

A European bureau bookcase, in pine, the base with four drawers on bracket feet, the fall front opening to reveal a filled interior, the upper section with two panelled doors. Requires restoration. Height 200 cm width 103 cm Depth 53 cm

A cedar and pine bookcase (upper portion only) 114 cm height

Bookcase Baltic pine two reverse Peaked glazed doors over two shield doors blue painted upper interior

A mid-19th century Australian cedar and pine glass fronted bookcase. Width 102 cm. Depth 44 cm. Height 233 cm

A European faux bamboo carved bookcase in pine, the substantial and decorative base with five drawers below a shaped marble top, the upper section with two glazed doors opening to an interior with three shelves surmounted by a shaped fixed pediment. Height

An early pine, tall, open bookcase, having adjustable shelves. Height 226 cm. Width 96 cm

Cedar on pine two height bookcase with carved panel surrounds on the doors, scrolled brackets and its original glazing